American Idol's Allison Iraheta: Fourth Place Is "Cool"

Allison Iraheta talks about coming in fourth, what to expect on tour and just what she thought of Simon Cowell

By Carrie Borzillo-Vrenna May 07, 2009 8:13 PMTags
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Don't cry for Allison Iraheta. Sure, many American Idol followers picked the 17-year-old raspy-voiced rock chick for the final two and she only came in fourth (booted last night), but fourth place isn't so bad.

Chris Daughtry came in fourth place in season five, and he went on to sell 4 million records, making him the fourth best-selling American Idol alumn behind Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson and Clay Aiken.

When reminded of that fact, Allison said, "[That] is really cool for me. I'm like, yay. Hopefully something happens. It made me feel better. He's done so much. He's done well. If he's done well, and he didn't have to make it all the way to the top, you know, it gives me a chance, hopefully. And I hope I do as well as he did."

Allison also talked about what she and Adam Lambert plan to do on tour, who her favorite guest mentor was this season and more...

On Dueting With Adam Lambert: "We thought about doing a duet for a while now. We're even planning on doing that song [Foghat's "Slow Ride"] on tour."

On Tuesday's Stage Accident: "We didn't know how to react. It was a great friend of ours, stage manager Debbie. But she's doing better, and we heard she was doing fine, and I guess that really helped us to continue on. With each of our performances, we probably started off a little shaky, but then I think we all got into place and continued on with what we're supposed to do. We had to just go on with the show."

On Working With Slash: "I've been a fan for so long. It was such a great opportunity. I think he was one of the best mentors we had—hands down."

On Finishing High School: "It depends. If I just take my GED test, I'm totally done. But I really want to continue with the Idol school. It's so fun, and I have a great teacher. I'm between [junior and senior].I'm almost done with school, pretty much."

On Simon Cowell's Comments on Her Hair/Outfits: "It did [bum me out]. I was like, come on, I'm singing here. There were a lot of risks I did in dressing and all that, but hey, I had fun with it, and that's all that matters."

Do you think Allison Iraheta can be the next Chris Daughtry?